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Mama’s Red Kitchen

Mama’s Red Kitchen

My mom’s favorite color is red. I don’t mean pale pink, wine, or orange. Nope, I mean fire engine or the American Red Cross kind of red. Consequently, the kitchen in my childhood home had red counter tops. It was the first thing people noticed upon walking into the home, but not in a tacky way. My mom had a great sense of style, so she successfully merged her red counter tops with a very classy kitchen design, to the point that people regularly fell in love with Linda’s red kitchen!

Although that kitchen looks radically different today, with a much softer, muted pallet, I still walk into mama’s kitchen and see the red that disappeared more than twenty years ago. The bold color made an impression on me, as the color always seemed to shout, “Stand out! Be bold! Be confident!”

Strangely, I think my life is a metaphor for mama’s red kitchen. The challenges and valleys of the past year led me to throw out my confidence in the Savior and commitment to faith. Instead of standing up and shouting about the redeeming blood of the cross, I went running for cover, afraid to stand out because I wasn’t sure I could avoid saying something I might later regret. Why would I shout of His goodness from the roof top if, in my heart, I only felt bitterness?

Perhaps you and your family have faced a similar season. Maybe life has been so difficult with job lay-offs, reduced income, rebellious children, angry neighbors, miscarriages, medical crises, and unexpected deaths, that the only thing you know to shout is “HELP!”

You may have walked to the mirror this morning and asked, “What happened to my red kitchen? What happened to my voice of faith? When did I, amidst the stress of raising children and supporting a spouse, lose my ability to proclaim the message of hope in my Lord? When did I lose my confidence and boldness of belief, and when, oh, when, did I stop believing that God has my family in His hands?

If, like me, you’ve lost your boldness and your spectacular red kitchen has turned into a dull gray, then it’s time to pull out the paint and start a makeover. Ask your family to join you daily around the Word of God. Read stories of God’s faithfulness to His people more than 2000 years ago. Find boldness of voice and vision by reading of God’s faithfulness to the Israelites and the Apostles. Determine, as a family, that you will exercise a boldness, even in the valleys, that leaves everybody saying, “I want to be in their presence because they obviously know the Lord.”

In short, leave people remembering your red kitchen of faith. Be bold!

By: Dr. Lori Brown is a southern educator, consultant, and writer who enjoys inspiring families to find joy in their daily walk with the Lord.

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5 Comments

  1. I love the red in the kitchen. The inside of my house was dark and dreary the last few years of my wife’s life as light bothered her. She was a black and white lady in her clothing. After her passing, I replaced the black table cloth with red and old kitchen appliances with modern ones that are red. Reading of your mother’s style and love of red has me thinking about red – I chose it to show some life and vitality had returned. I image the same vitality in that red countertop room.

  2. I love the red in the kitchen. The inside of my house was dark and dreary the last few years of my wife’s life as light bothered her. She was a black and white lady in her clothing. After her passing, I replaced the black table cloth with red and old kitchen appliances with modern ones that are red. Reading of your mother’s style and love of red has me thinking about red – I chose it to show some life and vitality had returned. I image the same vitality in that red countertop room.

  3. Beautiful analogy. Paint can change a space so quickly. We can renew our minds and change our perspective and how we experience life.

  4. Red is one of my favorite colors. It is bold and can definitely boost our confidence. In my past life as a college administrator, red served me well for meetings! It didn’t hurt that red was one of the school’s colors. I admire your mother’s boldness in having it on her counter tops for all to see. That’s a wonderful analogy for how we should step out in boldness in service and witness.

  5. Lori, thank you for candidly sharing your experience. May we all have “red kitchens.” I loved this post!

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